As co-chair of the labor and employment group, Matt provides legal counsel and litigation services on a broad range of employment law issues. His employment practice includes compliance counseling, employment discrimination litigation, drafting and enforcement of employment agreements and restrictive covenants, internal investigations, and employment-related mediations.
Matt also assists the firm’s Corporate Law and Government Law Groups in representing private and public entities in litigation primarily in the Court of Chancery and the Delaware Superior Court. Matt was part of the team that successfully defended the State of Delaware before the United States Supreme Court in an original jurisdiction action brought by New Jersey that challenged Delaware's sovereignty over the Delaware River within its historic Twelve-Mile Circle. New Jersey v. Delaware, 552 U.S. 597 (2008).
Drawing on his prior service with the Delaware Supreme Court’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel and the Board of Bar Examiners, Matt also represents attorneys, physicians, social workers, and other professionals in regulatory and disciplinary proceedings. He also provides opinions on legal ethics issues and is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs on legal ethics.
Since 2008, Matt has served as a special master by appointment of the Delaware Superior Court in cases pending in its Complex Commercial Litigation Division as well as in its busy asbestos personal injury litigation docket. In that capacity, he resolves non-dispositive motions and assists the Court with jury selection. Recent cases include Incyte v. Flexus Biosciences, Inc., et al., C.A. No. N15C-09-055 MMJ CCLD (Del Super. Ct.), and Ashland LLC et al. v. The Samuel J. Heyman 1981 Continuing Trust for Lazarus S. Heyman, et al., C.A. No. N15C-10-176 EMD CCLD (Del. Super. Ct.).
Matt is an active member of the Rodney Inn of Court and has served on the boards of several charitable organizations, including (currently) the St. Thomas More Society. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Delaware State Bar Association's Committee on Professional Ethics.
Matt is commended in Chambers and Partners USA for being a lawyer of "real pedigree" whose "intellectual and analytical skills are top notch." He has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for employment law since 2011 and in 2018 he earned the "Lawyer of the Year" designation for ethics and professional responsibility law, Delaware. Matt was identified in Super Lawyers and Delaware Today's Top Lawyers for employment law.
- Practical Law State Q&A Employee Privacy Laws: Delaware Thomson Reuters, September 2019
- The Role of Historical Context in New Jersey v. Delaware III Delaware Law Review, 2008